Daily Brief 11 June 2013

Last update 21:45

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in brief: an RAC report says UK motorists think motorway tolls and congestion charges are inevitable – new Apple iOS for cars revealed – street protests in Istanbul and Sarajevo – UK EU law review – French transport strikes – Foreign Office ‘Driving Abroad’ widget

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TRAVEL/WEATHER:

Meteoalarm weather alerts – red flood warning west Czech Republic. Amber warning for rain/storm in south Germany, extreme west and east of Austria, south Serbia, north and west Bulgaria and Greece.

The flooding in central/east Europe continues. For the latest see @KGeorgievaEU: as at 15:00GMT – Hungary Gravity #floods now shifting downstream from Budapest.  Мonitoring focusing on Domborim & Paksasf. Peak expected in Baja & Mohacs. #CzechRepublic Situation stabilized unless rains. Water levels expctd to or decreasing in all regions, incl Middle-Bohemia & Prague. #Austria Cleanup efforts still on in #floods areas w/ focus on Lower Austria Danube. Now also landslides risk due 2 expected heavy rainfalls.

Weather – rain showers in Central Europe/Alps and central Italy. Fine otherwise, especially Spain & Portugal. Cool in the north/ Scandinavia.

45 min delay 23:00 Calais-Dover DFDS for operational reasons. No ferry/train operators currently reporting any delays.

Port of Dover tweeted this afternoon, ‘Here in Dover sea conditions in the Channel are slight with a South Easterly breeze, force 3 and the visibility is moderate’.

@CF_travel_news, Condor Ferries’ twitter account, reports, ‘The current forecast indicates slight sea conditions, which will moderate towards the end of the week.’

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NOTES:

Istanbul – police have re-occupied the disputed Taksim Square in the city, scene of rioting over the past weeks. See the latest from the BBC. The latest FCO advice is for ‘all British nationals to avoid demonstrations’.

France – three day strikes by airport and rail workers are expected to lead to a ‘week of travel chaos’.

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NEWS/PHOTOS:

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Driving in Europe – the Foreign Office has launched a new widget for quickly reviewing driving and travel advice around the world, obviously including Europe. Click here or see fcowidget.com

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German supermodel - and new girlfriend of film star Leonardo di Caprio - Toni Garrn managed a few hours in sunny Hamburg and her, sadly otherwise under-utilised, Land Rover Freelander 2 last week. © Toni Garrn/ Twitter @RealToniGarrn.

German supermodel – and new girlfriend of film star Leonardo di Caprio – Toni Garrn managed a few hours in sunny Hamburg and her, sadly otherwise under-utilised, Land Rover Freelander 2 last week. © Toni Garrn/ Twitter @RealToniGarrn.

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UK – The Daily Telegraph reports an RAC survey which says over half of UK motorists think congestion charging and motorway tolls are inevitable. 29% backed motorway tolls. A third back congestion charges in cities. Download the 2013 RAC Report on Motoring here.

The Department for Transport is calling for evidence in its ‘Balance of Competences’ review of EU. If you have experience of the impact of regulation/legislation emanating from Brussels in the transport field – good or bad – then click here to fill in the consultation.

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Technology – US tech giant Apple revealed a new operating system to enable its devices to be used in cars at its World Wide Developers’ Conference yesterday. A long list of manufacturers have been signed up to start using the system next year.

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France – police investigating the Lake Annecy murders are now reportedly trying to trace mysterious phone calls made to Romania on the theory that whoever masterminded the attack was trying to arrange a ‘budget assassin’.

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Sarajevo protests

Sarajevo - taxi drivers have joined protestors in an enduring, well attended but so far peaceful demonstration against the govt’s inability to issue identity documents to babies. The protest started last Wednesday. The situation is emblematic of the political deadlock inside the country, organised strictly along ethnic lines. Photo: © Twitter/ @andymcguffie, EU spokesman for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sarajevo – taxi drivers have joined protestors in an enduring, well attended but so far peaceful demonstration against the govt’s inability to issue identity documents to babies. The protest started last Wednesday. The situation is emblematic of the political deadlock inside the country, organised strictly along ethnic lines. Photo: © Twitter/ @andymcguffie, EU spokesman for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Spain – a stowaway has been found clinging to the engine on a cross-Gibraltar Strait ferry, inches away from the propellers reports Olive Press.

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